The Never Ending Los Angeles Bucket List for Families

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Mommy Poppins’s website has a great Los Angeles bucket list for families. Since we are new to LA, it has become the perfect base for many of our local explorations. As we learn more about the city, we continue to add to this list as well as cross things off. Obviously we have quite a bit of time to do these things since our son is only small, but I imagine the years will continue to go by faster than we anticipate, so we try to do something new every month.

The first 100 items below are from Mommy Poppin’s 100 things to do with your kids in LA before they grow up. Everything after that are things that we have added. For more information on each activity, visit the link above at Mommy Poppin’s site. I am just listing them here just for our sake and to cross things off as we do them! I will occasionally update individual items with a link to our experiences/review.

  1. Go to the Rose Parade
  2. Go to the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade
  3. Have brunch and hit the beach at Paradise Cove
  4. Sled the Venice sand berms
  5. Visit Griffith Observatory
  6. Pick your own veggies at Underwood Farms
  7. Tour the STAR Eco Station
  8. See an IMAX movie at the California Science Center (we saw the Lemurs of Madagascar)
  9. Visit Kidspace Children’s Museum
  10. See a play at the Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga
  11. Finagle a guest pass to kids brunch at the Magic Castle
  12. See a movie at Disney’s El Capitan
  13. Ride the Santa Monica Pier ferris wheel at sunset
  14. Ride the Orange County Great Park helium balloon
  15. Go to a Native American event at the Autry National Center
  16. Camp in Malibu Creek State Park
  17. Do an LA Conservancy Family Walking Tour
  18. Go rollerblade along Venice Beach
  19. Head south to swim with the belugas or dolphins at SeaWorld
  20. Go to a Medieval Times dinner tournament
  21. See EquestFest over winter break
  22. Play at Noah’s Ark at the Skirball
  23. Build a campfire and cook dinner at Dockweiller Beach
  24. Do a Sunset Ranch Hollywood sign trail ride
  25. Ride a Fillmore & Western train
  26. Take a whale watching trip
  27. Skydive on Universal Citywalk at iFly Hollywood
  28. Try the Muscle Beach Travelling Rings
  29. Ride the trains at LA Live Steamers in Griffith Park
  30. Go on a Faery Hunt
  31. Go to the Rose Bowl Flea Market
  32. Hike to the Bat Cave at Griffith Park
  33. Visit Olvera Street during a traditional Mexican festival
  34. Register with Central Casting to be extras in a movie
  35. Watch a taping of a live kids’ show
  36. Take a surfing lesson
  37. Rent (or bring) a bike to ride the beach bike path
  38. Ice skate in short sleeves at one of the seasonal outdoor ice rinks
  39. See a show at Bob Baker Marionette Theater
  40. Go for a walk through the Venice Canals
  41. Take a day out of school to go to Disneyland when it’s not busy
  42. See the buffalo on Catalina Island
  43. Check out Watts Towers
  44. Visit the Flower Mart downtown
  45. See the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano – Visit San Juan Capistrano & the Mission
  46. Ride Angels Flight
  47. See the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
  48. Go watch some old TV shows at the Paley Center
  49. Ski or sled at a local ski resort, then have dinner by the beach
  50. Go to a Presidential Library – Reagan or Nixon
  51. Buy a season pass to one of the big parks (Disneyland, Universal,Knotts) so that you can drop in any time, even if only for a couple of rides
  52. Ride the high-wire bicycle at the California Science Center
  53. Watch a horse show at the LA Equestrian Center
  54. Wander The Huntington Gardens
  55. Attend a hand print or a star laying ceremony on Hollywood Blvd.
  56. Go to an open rehearsal at the Hollywood Bowl
  57. Join LACMA Nexgen, and go to a Family Sunday
  58. Attend an event at the Central Library (story hour, author event, etc..)
  59. Do a sleepover at either the Tar Pits or Natural History Museum
  60. Go to the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown
  61. Do a beach clean-up
  62. Wander the Camellia Festival at either Descanso or Huntington Gardens
  63. Take part in a Dia de los Muertos Festival at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  64. Drop in on Los Encinos Living History Day
  65. Explore the Natural History Museum’s seasonal Butterfly Pavilion
  66. Explore the Natural History Museum’s seasonal Spider Pavilion
  67. Visit the Moorpark Teaching Zoo
  68. Do a Kids Run the Bases day at Dodger Stadium
  69. Go to a Family Festival at the Getty Center
  70. Tour (or stay at) the Queen Mary
  71. Spend a day at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire
  72. Go to the Los Angeles County Fair
  73. Attend the Hollywood Christmas Parade
  74. Go to the LA Times Festival of Books
  75. Ride the Marina del Rey Water Bus to a waterside concert
  76. Bake cookies, bring them to your local fire station, and get a tour of the station and engines
  77. Take a Beverly Hills Trolley Tour
  78. Attend a Saturday Scene family show at the Geffen Playhouse
  79. Go sea kayaking
  80. Have dinner at the Santa Monica Food Trucks, with a table (and grown-up drinks) at The Victorian
  81. Take a Family Fossil Trip to Red Rock Canyon
  82. Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Farmers Market
  83. Get in the Halloween spirit at Knotts Scary Farm
  84. Sign up for a free Apple Camp at the Apple Store
  85. See the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the Samuel Oschin Pavilion
  86. Take a trapeze lesson
  87. Volunteer to work on a Rose Parade float and/or view the floats up closeafter the parade
  88. Check out the Heritage Square Museum
  89. Catch a Sunday shark feeding at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
  90. Enjoy a Sunday morning concert at McCabe’s and try out all the guitars afterward
  91. Experience a Toyota Symphony for Youth at Disney Concert Hall
  92. Create a recycled masterpiece at ReDiscover or at Trash For Teachers
  93. Take a Warner Brothers Studio Tour
  94. See the Avila Adobe – LA’s oldest house
  95. Go for Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues
  96. Catch some live music at Amoeba Records and show kids what records are
  97. Attend the annual Jet Propulsion Laboratory Open House (in Oct usually)
  98. Catch the Tall Ships Festival
  99. Rent a family bicycle surrey at Lake Balboa
  100. Go on a Grunion Run

And the Never Ending Part Below:

  1. Spend a day at Hansen Dam swimming & playing on the playgrounds
  2. Visit the REMO drum shop for a free family drum circle
  3. Hike the Old zoo trail at Griffith Park
  4. Petersen Automotive Museum
  5. Visit the Gentle Barn
  6. Go Glamping
  7. Nazi Bunker hike in Topanga
  8. Go Camping at Leo Carillo National Park and spend time looking for starfish in the tide pools
  9. Visit the Santa Monica Airport Observation deck
  10. Visit the Van Nuys Airport Observation play area
  11. Discovery Cube in LA
  12. Hike in Santa Monica Mountains with a ranger
  13. Hike Devil’s punch bowl
  14. Attend horse races
  15. See a bear on a hike (monrovia canyon falls)
  16. Albalone Cove Tide pools
  17. Laguna Beach Crystal Cove Tide Pools
  18. Explore Newport Bay
  19. Stay at a kid friendly ranch/farm
  20. Palos Verdes Nature walk with a ranger
  21. Hike Switzer Falls
  22. Hike Sturtevant Falls
  23. Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar
  24. Living Desert in PS
  25. Joshua Tree hikes
  26. Camp Joshua Tree
  27. Indian Canyon in PS
  28. Serenity Park Parrot Sanctuary
  29. Aerial Tram in PS
  30. Gibbon Conservation Center
  31. Randall Henderson Trail (Palm Desert)
  32. Go fishing at Troutdale
  33. Volunteer with mountain trust
  34. Go mini-golfing
  35. Go bowling
  36. Go roller skating
  37. Go to the trampoline place
  38. Check out another farm stay at Rinconada Dairy
  39. Try a family meditation morning
  40. Do a food factory tour
  41. Yoga kids class
  42. Cabrillo Aquarium in San Pedro
  43. Hike the Sunken City of San Pedro
  44. Vasquez Rocks
  45. Mud Caves of Anza Borrego
  46. White Point Nature Preserve
  47. SD Animal Safari Park
  48. Santa Fe Dam for fishing
  49. Adventure Playground
  50. Hike the Channel Islands
  51. Check out the Arboretum
  52. Amtrack Ride to San Juan Capistrano for the day (visit zoomars petting zoo)
  53. Fryman Canyon hike
  54. Los Liones HIke
  55. Sullivan Canyon hike in Brentwood
  56. Escondido Falls in Malibu
  57. Baldwin Heights hike
  58. Greystone Mansion

What have we missed? I know there are more and more things out there each day! Are any of these on your never ending Los Angeles bucket list? What have you crossed off your list? 

Bucket List for Los Angeles Kids


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